On Wednesday the 23rd of September 2015 I witness something amazing at Carnival City – I saw Ed Kowalczyk live and acoustic / unplugged at the Big Top Arena (one of the coolest live music venues in the country).
Thanks to the glorious Joburg traffic I was almost late for the show, but luckily we finally arrived just before 8 PM. Getting tagged was a breeze and before I could whisper “The Dam At The Otter Creek” into my companion’s ear Ed Kowalczyk started playing that first track of “Throwing Copper” (the groundbreaking album released by Live way back in 1994).
Ed played the whole album from start to finish and even played the hidden track on the record, much to the delight of the capacity crowd. It was great hearing the crowd singing along to songs like “Selling The Drama”, “I Alone”, “Lightning Crashes” and “All Over You”. I missed Live all 4 of the previous times that they’ve played in SA, so in a way I felt a little nostalgic but happy at the same time.
After this Kowalczyk played songs off the last Live album and also did a few tracks off Secret Samadi (Live’s third studio album which was released in 1997). Tailor also joined him for one song of the new album. The evening ended with Ed singing “Overcome” (a song which was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks).
Kudos to AMP events for pulling off an awesome show. I really hope Ed comes back again in the near future. Hopefully it’s a day time show so his bald head can enjoy some of the rays of the African sun.
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